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Michel Thomas Beginner Japanese, Lesson 1 Audiobook

Michel Thomas Beginner Japanese, Lesson 1

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Publisher's Summary

Working its way up the leader board, Japanese is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world, and increasingly more desirable as a second language. And, thanks to the Michel Thomas method, learning it is now easier than ever.

What is the Michel Thomas Method?

The Michel Thomas Method teaches everyday conversational language that will allow you to communicate in a wide variety of situations, empowered by the ability to create your own sentences and use the language instinctively, having absorbed the vocabulary and grammatical structures. These all-audio courses were perfected over 25 years by gifted linguist and teacher Michel Thomas, and provide an accelerated method for language learning that is truly revolutionary.

Lessons 1-8, the Beginner course: This course makes no assumption of knowledge of any language other than English and gives the beginner practical and functional use of the spoken language. It is also appropriate for anyone who has studied Japanese before, but has forgotten much of it or does not have confidence in speaking. The Beginner course is designed to take you from complete beginner to intermediate level.

Lessons 9-12, the Intermediate course: This course is for those with an intermediate-level foundation in Japanese, or those who have completed lessons 1-8 and want to take their learning to an advanced level and speak Japanese proficiently and easily.

How does it work?

Unlike most language courses that focus around topics or grammar forms, the Michel Thomas Method works by breaking a language down into its component parts, enabling you to reconstruct the language yourself - to form your own sentences, to say what you want, when you want. Within the first 10 minutes of the course, you will be generating complete sentences on your own. It is important that you complete the lessons in order. The Method is successful because it builds on the language you learn in each lesson and "recycles" language taught in earlier lessons, allowing you to build ever-more complicated sentences. Because the Method is based on understanding, not memorisation, there is no set limit to the length of time that you should study each lesson. Once you feel you have a good grasp of the language taught in one lesson, you can move on to the next.

In lesson 1 of the Japanese Beginner course, you’ll be able to make positive and negative statements about the present and future, ask questions and make polite suggestions, and learn about the marker "o" (which shows which word in a sentence is having something done to it) with…

  • English words in Japanese and Japanese words in English
  • Social communications: "please may I have?", "excuse me", "yes", "go ahead", "no"
  • Nouns: "(digital) camera", "hotel", "ice cream", "coffee", "T-shirt", "sandwich", "juice", "beer", "rice with vinegar", "television", "comic book", "film", "concert"
  • No words for "a" or "the:"
  • Pronouns: "this", "that", "that over there"
  • Verbs: "to eat", "to drink", "to watch/look/see", "to read", "to buy"
  • "Masu" form of verb covers present and future ("I eat" and "I will eat") and all persons doing the action of the verb ("I", "you", "he", etc.)
  • Time expressions (generally come at the beginning of the sentence): "tomorrow", "sometimes", "every day", "this evening/tonight"
  • Questions: "ka" = spoken question mark at end of question; question words: "what?"
  • Marker: "o" shows which word in a sentence is having something done to it
  • No distinction in Japanese between singular and plural forms
  • Linking words: "and" (to link sentences, not things)
  • Forming the negative: "masen" verb ending
  • "Masu" form of verb conveys politeness
  • Formulating polite suggestions with "masen" verb ending and question marker "ka"

In the next lesson you’ll learn to use the marker "to" ("with") and you’ll be able to say what you like and ask "shall we XXX?" questions.

©2013 Michel Thomas (P)2013 Hodder & Stoughton

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    Mr S Kean 25/09/2017
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    "Best course we have ever come across."

    With an extended family now living in Tokyo it made a lot of sense to search for a Japanese spoken course. This was the first course we have come across that made the learning both easy and entertaining. Having finished the first lesson we can't wait to download the second. My wife and I are already asking each other questions and answering all in Japanese. It is great fun and I hope will please and honour our daughter-in-law's family when we visit again next year.

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    Claressa 28/07/2017
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    "Great way to learn"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Michel Thomas Beginner Japanese, Lesson 1 to be better than the print version?

    I've not seen the printed version, but being someone who prefers to listen to books, I found this helped a lot as it was like revision from some classes I previously had.


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    BuffyG UK 12/07/2017
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    An excellent course, easy to follow very encouraging. I would definitely recommend it to friends and family

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    "Great introduction to conversational Japanese!"

    I love these language courses by Thomas. i have only complete the first volume of Japanese but really enjoyed it. I like the way it is presented and the narrator/tutor is great. It was recommended to me by a friend and I haven't been disappointed. On to volume 2!

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    Oliver 04/03/2017
    Oliver 04/03/2017
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    "Great for boosting confidence in speaking"

    I've heard a bit about the Michelle Thomas method. When I stumbled across this in Audable I was impressed with how immersive it is as an audio piece. I feel more confident speaking out loud in Japanese thanks to the Michelle Thomas method.

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    Lynda66 18/10/2016
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    "Really good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend to anyone wanting to begin learning Japanese. It's a really great way to get started.


    What did you like best about this story?

    They get you speaking Japanese straight away. Within two hours I could already say a few sentences in Japanese!


    Have you listened to any of Helen Gilhooly and Niamh Kelly ’s other performances? How does this one compare?

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    I think this course is very well done, my only criticism is that the price is way too high.

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    Andrew London, United Kingdom 15/10/2013
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    I have used Michel Thomas method to start learning several languages and as with those this has been a pain free and enjoyable way to learn. I haven't tried any other Japanese language CD's so I can't compare, but from my experience with other languages the Michel Thomas method is streets ahead of the rest.My only criticism would be that Helen tends to stay on topic which I find makes it more likely that I will forget things from a previous topic. By contrast Michel Thomas constantly jumps back and forth between the current topic and previous ones giving you a constant reminder of what you have learnt. This may specifically be a problem for me because I am learning several languages at once, so there can be fairly long gaps between my Japanese sessions, but in any case it does all seem to embed itself in my head in the end without effort, so its all still good.

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    "simply excellent."

    I can't even imagine any improvements. WOW. I'm learning to speak Japanese, with little effort - so enjoyable.

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    "Best audio book available to learn japanese."

    It is the best and fastest way to learn japanese. The tutor is excellent. Would definitely purchase all the lessons.

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    "One hour is a lot of information for a beginner"
    Would you listen to Michel Thomas Beginner Japanese, Lesson 1 again? Why?

    I've heard it a least twice and I anticipate to listen to it a couple more times before moving on to lesson 2


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